Thomas Engert has won the 2007 World Pool Masters this last weekend in Egmond-An-Zee in Holland.
The field of 16 of the world's top 9-ballers were invited to this annual even by Matchroom Sport and will be televised later in the year on Sky Sports in the UK.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises was that not one US player was invited to this event for the first time in its history, whether this reflects the changing state of pool or just that there are enough events for Americans to play at home will remain to be seen and is surely something for another discussion.
Also for the second time in Masters history a female player, this time Jasmin Ouschan, took to the table against the men.
Round 1 (Losers receive $1500):
David Alcaide (Esp) 8 – 6 Ralf Souquet (Ger)
Oliver Ortmann (Ger) 8 – 3 Naoyuki Oi (Jap)
Pat Holtz (Sco) 8 – 6 Li He-wen (Chn)
Niels Feijen (Ned) 8 – 6 Imran Majid (Eng)
Wu Chia-ching (Tpe) 8 – 1 Tyler Edey (Can)
Thomas Engert (Ger) 8 - 4 Tony Drago (Mlt)
Nick van den Berg (Ned) 8 - 1 Jasmin Ouschan (Aut)
Fabio Petroni (Ita) 8 – 6 Ronnie Alcano (Phi)
The double world 8 & 9 ball champion Ronnie Alcano was surprisingly eliminated at this stage by the ever stubborn Fabio Petroni. Only one of the British based players made it through to the second round with Pat Holtz beating Li He-Wen who some thought could actually win the event.
Quarter-Finals (Losers Received $2500):
David Alcaide (Esp) 8 - 3 Oliver Ortmann (Ger)
Pat Holtz (Sco) 8 – 5 Niels Feijen (Ned)
Thomas Engert (Ger) 8 - 7 Wu Chia-ching (Tpe)
Nick van den Berg (Ned) 8 – 7 Fabio Petroni (Ita)
David Alcaide looked to be in excellent form after demolishing Ortmann 8-3 and Pat Holtz had an amazing 8-5 win over Niels Feijen putting him into the semi-finals.
Semi-Finals (Losers $5000):
David Alcaide (Esp) 8 – 5 Pat Holtz (Sco)
Thomas Engert (Ger) 8 – 4 Nick van den Berg (Ned)
The in form Alcaide was one match too many for Pat Holtz who hd an excellent tournament and took home $5000 for his troubles. Engert stormed past Van den Berg to book his place in the final.
Final (Winner $20000 - 2nd $10000):
Thomas Engert (Ger) 8 – 5 David Alcaide (Esp)
So a great tournament for Thomas Engert who played some great pool to win the WPM 2007. Can he defend his title in 2008?